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3 reasons virtualization saves governments money

Posted on April 10, 2015
Category: Data Center

Lately there has been a marked shift toward trying to downsize the number of physical servers storing data for the federal government and thereby increase the efficiency of the existing data centers. According to the Federal Times, the Joint Staff at the Pentagon continues to move to a virtualized desktop model, which cuts costs and maintenance times. Gregory Garcia, manager of IT for the Pentagon and the Washington Headquarters Service, said that their goal to reach 80 percent usage of virtual desktop interfaces for the Joint Staff had been nearly met at the beginning of March.  Read More

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Federal agencies benefit from cloud mobility

Posted on March 03, 2015
Category: Data Center

Federal agencies that are interested in moving to the cloud could reap major benefits if they are willing to change how they work. Many government organizations are utilizing the cloud right now for data storage, but are they using the cloud in such a way as to see real change? The opportunity to use cloud architecture to allow workers to work with each other in a more mobile fashion is right there for agencies that are willing to use it. Cloud models allow experimentation, automated server creation for new software and other useful things for agencies. The real question is why isn’t it being used more frequently?  Read More

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Who stands to gain and lose from big data in the public sector?

Posted on February 21, 2015
Category: Data Center

Utilizing big data may be an attractive option for many companies, but recent cybersecurity breaches have the public growing cold on the idea. Although there are many potential benefits from the use of these types of initiatives – including a greater understanding of public health, genetic risks in the development of chronic illness, and the obesity epidemic – big data use may become hard to sell to citizens. Government technology solutions unfortunately must rely on the public accepting these projects in order for any headway to be made. Many local agencies may want to use these new programs, but will they be able convince people of their safety?  Read More

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New agency designed to share information on cyberthreats formed

Posted on February 10, 2015
Category: Data Center

Risk analysis for local government agencies will soon become a little bit easier. A recent announcement from a senior Obama administration official said that the U.S. is forming a new cybersecurity agency. This federal group, known as the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center, or CTIIC, will ‘connect the dots’ between different threats and agencies, to allow organizations to solve threats quickly. This group is also being designed to act as a method for companies to share information on possible threats without necessarily turning over civilian data to other agencies, in accordance with the wishes of various Internet freedom watchdog groups.  Read More

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Cybersecurity is difficult for everyone, but hiring experts is harder

Posted on January 07, 2015
Category: Data Center

Finding security experts for companies is becoming increasingly difficult in a world desperate for professionals who can keep networks safe. Due to the financial losses that can be inflicted upon companies by hackers, it is important for organizations to spend more on security. Federal agencies are frequently in the market for new security experts, but the salaries paid to those who work for the government frequently have a hard time matching those paid by private groups. According to a recent survey by Piper Jaffray, 75 percent of Chief Information Officers polled said they would increase spending on security in 2015. This can be very difficult for agencies working on fixed budgets, which must balance the cost of security with the need to update and maintain existing infrastructure.  Read More

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Government cybersecurity: What’s improved and what needs work?

Posted on May 24, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

Defense has always been a major issue for the U.S. government. Keeping the American people safe from threats both at home and abroad is vital, and this importance shows in the national budget. Out of the $1.1 trillion allocated in fiscal year 2015 discretionary spending, $598.5 billion went toward the military. That's 54 percent of the budget, clearly showing how important defense is to the U.S. government.  Read More

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Federal agencies make major IT improvements, but still have a long way to go

Posted on May 19, 2016 0 comments

Since 2013, the U.S. government has been making major moves to improve overall IT functions. With the rapid expansion of technological advancement hitting every section of the public sector, it became clear that there were major inefficiencies within modern agencies. In fact, Congress created the Federal Information Technology Acquisition Reform Act to ensure that each department was doing everything it could to better their current IT situation.  Read More

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The future of the cloud in government

Posted on May 16, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

Government work is all about efficiency. With so many people relying on the work of local public sector employees, ensuring tasks are completed quickly and effectively is a major concern. One of the best ways to boost productivity is through the cloud. The private sector is already working heavily in a cloud-based environment, and many agencies are already beginning to see what this technology can do for them. But what exactly is the cloud doing for the government, and what will its future look like within public service?  Read More

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Challenges facing implementation of police body cameras

Posted on May 09, 2016 0 comments

For the longest time, the only way to get an accurate description of how an event occurred was to have a witness describe it in its entirety. The problem with this is that people often forget what happened or lie for personal gain, which is why society had to declare that certain people were more trustworthy than others, with police officers being at the top of this hierarchy. However, recent developments are turning this notion on its head.  Read More

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Government officials admit to trouble in finding cybersecurity talent

Posted on May 03, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

Despite spending more on defense than any other country in the world, the U.S. is not safe from attack. Specifically, U.S. federal agencies are nowhere near prepared enough to hold back the onslaught of cyberattacks levied against the country every single day. In fact, government officials are beginning to realize the gravity of their current situation.  Read More

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How cyberwar can make and break the US government

Posted on April 28, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

The landscape of war has dramatically changed over the years. Putting boots on the ground is no longer the only option countries have in terms of subduing enemies, and this fact could make all the difference in the near future. Cyberwar is increasingly becoming a convenient and powerful tool, as it has the potential for disrupting communications, gaining intel and generally ruining a group's day. It should be no surprise that the U.S. as well as other nations are gearing up to use this method as a long-term strategy in accomplishing their goals.  Read More

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Why federal IT modernization is a big deal

Posted on April 21, 2016 0 comments

Businesses across all industries have been traditionally reluctant to migrate to new technologies and processes while leaving behind their tried-and-true practices. Sectors that are heavily regulated are even harder to sell on modernizing their hardware and software infrastructures due to the amount of considerations and challenges that can be introduced. It's no surprise, then, that the federal government has been slow to upgrade and is still gradually making changes to its IT portfolio.  Read More

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White House creates new cybersecurity commission

Posted on April 15, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cybersecurity

In order to help both private and public sector entities better protect themselves from hackers, malware and other threats, the Obama Administration recently created a new commission to help draft protection guidelines for organizations to follow. Officially dubbed the Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity, the non-partisan group features 12 veteran leaders from large enterprises, leading Silicon Valley firms and government agencies. This group is tasked with presenting Congress in December 2016 with tangible steps both public and private organizations can take to bolster cybersecurity and ensure more robust data protection.  Read More

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The time for government transition to the cloud is now

Posted on April 14, 2016 0 comments
Category: Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has effectively taken over businesses in virtually every sector over the past few years. For government, the road to virtual platforms has been paved with roadblocks in the forms of security, budget and overall hesitance to change from tried-and-true solutions. Despite these challenges, many federal and local government organizations have adopted the cloud for their operations, and it's making a significant difference. Other agencies that aren't using the cloud are likely to start their journey to these platforms in the near future, and will begin reaping all the benefits the cloud can offer.  Read More

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Should government hop on board the chatbot bandwagon?

Posted on April 14, 2016 0 comments

Chatbots may be the next big thing in tech, and the technology could prove enormously beneficial in the public arena. Chatbots, although just known as bots for short, are a form of artificial intelligence, noted Hannah Francis, a Technology Reporter with the Sydney Morning Herald. A bot works by executing a command and formulating a particular response depending on what is typed in as the input.  Read More